TOKETEE— The new Diamond Lake District ranger is trading the sand dunes of the Oregon Coast for the dense woods of the Umpqua National Forest.

TOKETEE— The new Diamond Lake District ranger is trading the sand dunes of the Oregon Coast for the dense woods of the Umpqua National Forest.

Forest officials announced Thursday that Viva Worthington has been selected to manage more than 300,000 acres in the Diamond Lake Ranger District.

She will replace Bill Gamble, who transferred to the La Grande Ranger District in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Worthington, 55, is transferring from her job as deputy ranger of the Dunes National Recreation Area in the Siuslaw National Forest in Waldport. She has 33 years of experience with the Forest Service.

She has worked in six forests, starting in the Tahoe National Forest. She has experience as a botanist, environmental coordinator and administrator. Worthington said her experience fighting fires and overseeing timber sales with the Forest Service will be helpful in her new position.

"I can put all of my experience together and manage public land," she said. "It seems like the perfect challenge for me."

Worthington said plant varieties in the Diamond Lake region made the position appealing.

"The area is botanically rich and interesting," said Worthington, who has a bachelor's degree in botany from the University of Washington.

Worthington will be the second person in her family to work in the Umpqua National Forest. Her father, Dick Worthington, worked in the region in the 1950s and '60s.

Worthington will be based in Toketee. Her first day is June 4.

Ryan Imondi is a reporter with the Roseburg News-Review. Reach him at 541-957-4211 or by email at rimondi@nrtoday.com.